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February  2017 – current 

Head of the Design Kitchen:  X (Formerly Google X)

The Design Kitchen is the design consultancy, prototyping shop and Innovation Lab for X projects. X is a moonshot factory where uncomfortably ambitious, potentially world-changing new ideas such as self-driving cars, balloon-powered Internet and smart contact lenses are developed and taken out into the world. X projects have the potential to transform the lives of billions of people and make the world a radically better place.


June 2014 – January 2017 

Founder / Executive Director: Stanford Creative Ignition Lab @ Autodesk 
The Stanford Creative Ignition Lab seeks to explore the potential of visual, experiential, and embodied thinking to advance the future of learning, creativity, design, and making. We aim to pioneer new ways to more purposefully bring the tools of invention and production seamlessly into creative processes.

June 2012 – current 

Lecturer Mechanical Engineering Design Group at Stanford University

  • Teaching a variety of classes and advising students


June 2012 – June 2014 

Director of  ReDesigning Theater at HASSO PLATTNER Institute of Design at Stanford University

  • Spearheading a new project that applies the design thinking approach to live theatrical performance, integrating social media, interactive and immersive technologies to transform the idea of theater for the the 20-35 year old demographic.


January 1999 – current 

Founder of  The Crucible: Non profit industrial arts education facility, gallery, and theater


January 1999 – January 2010  Executive Director


January 2010 – January 2011  Creative Director

  • Conceived of, and founded The Crucible. Created its image, brand, and identity
  • Raised over 8 million dollars from individuals and corporate sponsors
  • Cultivated and maintained critical social, political, governmental and community relationships
  • Designed educational & outreach programs that serve over 9,000 youth & adult students annually
  • Pioneered, designed, directed, budgeted, fundraised, and produced interdisciplinary, collaborative performances such as Fire Operas and Ballets, cabarets, and the Annual Fire Arts Festival, working with over 400 performers and artists annually  and serving over 25,000 yearly guests
  • Designed two complete Crucible facilities with classrooms, work spaces, and a theater that maximize visitor flow and accessibility. Worked directly with architects, engineers and city zoning and building officials while project managing building contractors and suppliers
  • Developed strategic vision while overseeing the creation and implementation of the marketing, public relations, and development plans
  • Recruited, hired, trained, supervised, mentored, & evaluated 30 staff members, 80 faculty, & oversaw the management of 800 volunteers annually.
  • Updated and reported directly to the board of directors monthly.
  • Initiated, negotiated and led collaborative partnerships with multiple agencies on complex projects
  • Built strong alliances with numerous city & state officials and agencies, civic leaders, organizations, and stakeholders inspiring them to work together
  • Developed &  oversaw the annual organizational budget of $3 million, as well as program, event & project budgets; maintained spending on budget
  • Cultivated supportive contacts with local and national television, radio, magazine and web media
  • Acted as the principal public and media spokesperson and promoter
  • Solicited, quoted and managed commissioned projects and an entrepreneurial product line


2005 – current   Micheal Sturtz Consulting: Organizational & program development, facility design, user experience design

  • Kitengela Glass Research and Training Trust Nairobi, Kenya
  • The Learning Connexion Ltd Wellington, New Zealand
  • Palos Talleres de Arte Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
  • The Gasyard Development Trust Derry, Northern Ireland
  • LOCS (Literacy Ontario – Central South) Peterborough, Ontario, Canada
  • RepairPal Car Care Confidence: Emeryville, California
  • Mayor’s Office City of Everett Everett, Washington State
  • Tek.Venture Incorporated Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • Fallbrook School for the Arts Fallbrook, California
  • Nimbus Arts St. Helena, California
  • Project Knew Grove  Half Moon Bay, California


1994  – current  VOLTAGE METAL WORKS: Owner, Consultant, designer and fabricator

  • Architectural works in metal, wood, glass & etc. work for a variety of clients, architects and engineers
  • Custom lighting, ornamental ironwork, furniture, hardware, automotive accessories and other items


1992 – 1999   Teaching Positions: Instructed welding, metal fabrication, blacksmithing, metal foundry casting, glass casting, ceramic sculpture, woodworking and stone carving to youth and adults

  • California College of Arts Oakland, California
  • U.C. Berkeley Berkeley, California
  • Bay Area Discovery Museum Sausalito, California
  • The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
  • The Evanston Art Center Evanston, Illinois
  • Ox-Bow Summer Program Saugatuck, Michigan
  • Studio Art Centers International Florence, Italy
  • Studio One Art Center Oakland, California
  • The Crucible Oakland, California
  • Civic Arts Center Walnut Creek, California
  • Mendocino Art Center Mendocino, California
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Oakland, Oakland, California


1989 – 1999  Professional Sculptor: (For full listing, see Artist Resume)

  • Sculptures address both concept and form through intriguing kinetic machines and strong material contrasts that often include mixtures of stone, cast and fabricated metals, glass, kinetics, light, fire, liquid, and video
  • Exhibited in numerous group & solos shows nationally and internationally, and a retrospective exhibition
  • Works in museums, national and international permanent collections
  • Presented a wide variety of lectures, workshops and classes • Received numerous commissions, jury awards, honors and sponsorships
  • Received critical acclaim and numerous press and media coverage


1989 – 1990  KID Group LLC: Product Design for 1 of the top 10 invention groups with over 250 licensed products

  • Created product prototypes for a variety of products, including toys to food packaging, and health care products to personal electronics



2010     LeaderSpring Fellowship, 2 year leadership program for nonprofit executive directors

1998     The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL   M.F.A.

1994     New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University Alfred, NY B.F.A. Magna Cum Laude 1

992     Studio de Sem Ghelardini, Pietrasanta, Italy – Honors Artist in Residence Program

1990     Pitzer College Claremont Colleges: Claremont, CA